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Dayton Pride Celebrations To Kick Off This Weekend

LGBT Center Dayton

Starting Friday, June 5th, the Dayton LGBT Center and other groups will host a series of events during the city's annual gay pride celebration. The events will continue through Sunday.  In this interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, LGBT Center board member RJ McKay gives details on each event and talks about how the event continues to grow in Dayton each year.

According to McKay, the center made significant progress in growing the event this year when PNC Bank stepped in as a major sponsor. They also added a new event into the weekend's festivities with an "An Affair On The Square" beer and food truck rally on Friday afternoon and evening. Dayton's celebrated Rubi Girls will headline the event.

On Saturday, Pride events continue with a morning breakfast at MJ's on Jefferson and the annual parade through downtown Dayton, ending once again at Courthouse Square for an afternoon of entertainment, food and beverages, and more than fifty vendor booths.

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The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus rehearse "Officer Krupke" from West Side Story.

At 8pm, Saturday, the Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will perform its annual pride concert.  This year's performance of "Center Stage: A Broadway Review" will feature special guest, Grammy Award winning performer Jennifer Holliday, one of Broadway's original Dreamgirls.

Dayton Pride 2015 wraps up on Sunday morning with a brunch at Wheat Penny Oven & Bar. Full details on these events can be found on the LGBT Center homepage.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.